Hidden away in the KraáHills, two days from the city of Sárku and from any of the Sákbe roads is the quiet maze-temple of Ákhmer, the Visage in the Mist. Ákhmer is one of the 108 greater aspects of Sárku the Five-Headed Lord of Worms, dedicated to lonely places and whisperer to those contemplating suicide. The maze-temple is purposefully silent and lonely – the priests and warrior attendants move about in near silence, whispering eulogies and catechisms to themselves as they avoid visitors to the complex.
The hexagonal pool deep within the complex bubbles and churns emitting a heavy mist and is attended by six skull-masked priests who stir it slowly with massive copper-plated paddles. The mist extends through the halls nearby and is visible at ankle level up to the stairs leading into the complex from…
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